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Wreck Beach nudists want crackdown on dangerous boats
Wreck Beach users want authorities to crack down on motor boats and jet skis that buzz Vancouver's famous nude beach.
Buoys mark a line where the Wreck Beach Preservation Society says boaters aren't supposed to cross, but president Judy Williams said the buoys keep getting stolen and boats roar into the swimming area, posing a safety risk.
"We have counted more than 50 boats or jet skis on the water or along the shoreline on busy weekends," she said.
The boats ogle nude beach users and raft up and party with loud music that irks nature-loving regulars like Williams.
"You can't hear the magic of the waves," she said.
Transport Canada has rejected past calls to ban jet skis near the beach or to step up enforcement against unsafe boating near swimmers.
The society wants Metro Vancouver to act because the beach is part of Pacific Spirit Regional Park.
But it's not clear the regional district has any jurisdiction, environment and parks committee chair Heather Deal said.
Metro staff will investigate further what the region could do and whether it is liable in the event of a boating accident.
"It's just a matter of time until someone is killed or seriously injured because these guys don't have a brain in their heads," Williams told Metro directors.